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Elected District Attorney Glenn Funk Talks Domestic Violence Culture, Changes in Nashville
Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 02:51 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- After being elected in May to become just the second District Attorney for Nashville in 27 years, new DA Glenn Funk will officially take office on September 1st. One of the issues he will tasked with changing is the "culture in the community" surrounding domestic violence.
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On that topic, Funk released a statement today touching on changes he plans on making to better aid victims and prosecute offenders.
"Overall, we need to change the culture in the community with regard to Domestic Violence. The criminal justice system must provide the support that victims of violence need and deserve. To that end, I have committed to search for funding to hire 12 additional victim witness advocates so that all victims receive personal contact from the DA's office immediately when a warrant is issued.
These advocates will assist victims in locating to safe housing, establishing counseling and other support services, and seeking Orders of Protection. In addition, these advocates will begin a relationship of trust that will be consistent throughout the court proceedings so that victims are neither confused nor intimidated by the court system.
I will establish a six attorney Domestic Violence unit. These attorneys will meet with victims prior to the court date so that they can understand the case and the situation of the victim prior to court. This team will also meet with investigating officers prior to court so that the State will be completely prepared to handle the case.
It is unacceptable for any victim of crime to be victimized a second time by the same offender, and the DA's office will work to prevent any opportunity for continued abuse. In addition to working with victims' housing and counseling needs, the DA's office will advocate in court for restrictions on defendants after arrest.
12 hour holds, high bonds, electronic monitoring, no contact orders and mandated counseling are some of the conditions of a defendant's bond which will be used to promote victim safety while cases are pending. We will also prepare cases promptly and resist court delays so that cases are not pending for long.
The DA's office will partner with agencies from across the county to work on this issue, because in order to change the culture in the community, the whole community needs to be involved."
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